Most college students head off to college with lots of “stuff”. Students need to furnish their rooms, take the items that they need for daily living, take study aids, clothing, recreational items, and sentimental items that may remind them of home, family and friends. Increasingly, many of the items that students need to take to college are expensive. Students come to college armed with cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, TVs, bikes and cars. All of these items are enticing: potentially easily stolen, and easily sold.
When it comes to theft on campus, many incidents are crimes of opportunity or convenience. Things are there, and they are easy to get at. Some awareness, forethought, and careful actions on the part of your college student can help decrease the chances that they will become a victim of theft.
Talk to your student before they head off to school about campus safety. It is important to be aware of how to take care of personal safety, but they’ll also need to think about how to protect belongings from theft. There are some relatively simple things that your student can do to help keep track of those important belongings.